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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Primary Schools

22nd March 2023
# schoolbook scheme
Primary schools to receive €96 per pupil under free schoolbooks scheme from September
The cost will cover schoolbooks, workbooks, and copybooks for primary school pupils.
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# education report
Apprenticeships and post-grad studies are on the rise according to a new education report
The number of teachers at primary and post-primary level went up from 61,942 in 2016 to 69,343 in 2020.
# Education
'Sinister': Anti-lockdown groups sharing database of school principals’ contact details
Groups opposed to Covid measures are urging people to contact principals with questions about mask mandates and vaccines.
# new measures
Strained GPs concerned by guidance on certificates for masks exemptions in schools
It has been recommended that masks be worn by children nine years and older.
# hot lunch
Hot school meals programme to be extended to another 81 primary schools
The schools had submitted an expression of interest in the programme in November 2020 but were not chosen at that time.
# antigen tests
Details of Covid-19 antigen testing system in primary schools announced
The tests will be offered to close contacts in the same pod at first, and expanded if necessary.
# antigen tests
INTO calls for 'political leadership' on bringing in antigen tests to primary schools
“Time is of the essence and we simply can’t afford any additional delays,” said INTO General Secretary John Boyle
# Schools
Philip Nolan: Risk of keeping asymptomatic children in school 'remains low'
Changes to contact tracing rules come into effect on Monday.
# Classrooms
Department had 'productive' meeting with school stakeholders over close contacts policy
Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
Children who are close contacts in primary schools will not be required to restrict their movements if they are asymptomatic.
Teachers' union INTO said the government is removing a "safety net" from schools.
But Labour's education spokesperson said it was a "welcome" move that has come "weeks too late".
Covid-19 close contact rules for primary school pupils to be relaxed from Monday
Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine is safe to use for children over age five
# hot lunch
New programme to provide hot school meals to over 35,000 primary students launched
189 schools, including 171 DEIS schools will be availing of the new plan.
# gaelscoileanna
Education Minister begins search for patrons of three new Dublin primary schools
The schools will open next September.
# Budget 2021
Primary school pupil-teacher ratio 'to be reduced by one student per class'
The government has promised an average ratio of 25:1.
# new guidelines
Social distancing rules mean it's inevitable students won't be back in school full-time - ASTI
Teachers’ unions will appear before the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee today.
# oideachas
Five new gaelscoileanna to be opened in Dublin over next three years
“I want to help address the imbalance in the availability of Irish-medium education,” Education Minister Joe McHugh said.
# nutrition
More than 6,600 primary school students to receive hot meals at lunch from next month
36 schools have been chosen to participate in the new pilot project.
# Primary Schools
Primary pupils in Kerry are the most likely to be in an overcrowded classroom
More than a fifth of registered primary pupils in the recent school year were in overcrowded classes.
# Incredible years
'It reduces stress': This programme is helping teachers support children with behavioural difficulties
The Incredible Years’ Teacher Classroom Management programme is being launched in all Deis schools.
# jump around
Should 'health homework' be given to primary school students?
A study has found that 20% of children in Ireland are overweight or obese.
# process
Educate Together applying for patronage of four more schools in Dublin and Cork
Patrons are being asked to provide evidence of parental demand by 4 January 2017.
# Patronage
Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin
Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.
# Catholic Church
'It's insulting to parents to say they're baptising their children to get them into a school'
The Primate of Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin said it was being overstated that this occurred regularly.
# Green dinners
The Greens have a radical plan to feed every schoolchild in the country
The party wants to provide every schoolchild in the country with at least one hot meal a day.
# EpiPen
A catastrophe waiting to happen? A child could die from allergies while in school
1 in 5 anaphylactic reactions happen in school but teachers not required to administer medicine
# mono a mono
Here are the 44 primary schools that now only have one teacher
Notice a pattern in this map?
# Education
Primary schools to get a lick of paint with €28 million funding
The Minor Works Grant will be distributed depending on a school’s size.
# gaffs
For the kids: How do schools impact on property prices?
Here, give you an education on what school proximity does for the housing market.
# visibility
"Historic day" as LGBT teachers' group meet President
The group is part of the INTO union.
# childhood obesity
Should daily exercise be mandatory in schools?
Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has said that if schools devote 30 minutes a day to exercise, it could “make a big difference for generations to come” in terms of obesity.
# Poll Position
Why are schools used as polling places?
There are some very sensible reasons why hundreds of primary schools will close today to facilitate voting.
# Resources
Audit of PE facilities in schools "crucial" to tackling obesity
Minister Ruairi Quinn has stressed that there are currently no plans to reassess resource levels.
# grand designs
Quinn gives €35 million to schools so they can have nicer toilets and roofs
In total, 386 schools all across the country will receive the funding.
# Teachers
'Volunteering spirit' of primary school teachers needs to be praised, says Cody
He said teachers should not be concerned about setbacks as they are “inevitable parts of life”.
# Book scheme
Quinn admits schools who operate book rental schemes won't benefit from new funding
“If I get extra money of course they will but I’ve concentrated so that every child going to primary school can access a book rental scheme,” the Minister said today.
# Prefabs
Government to spend €15m replacing school prefabs in 2014
The Department of Education said the cost renting school accommodation has dropped dramatically in the last four years.
# Patronage
Educate Together appointed patron of new schools in Dublin and Galway
The NGO aims to provide equality of access to children regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds.
# Education
Quinn: I'm not an aggressive secularist
The Minister for Education launched a public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools today.
# Your Say
Poll: Should schools be responsible for tackling cyber bullying?
An anti-bullying expert has said primary schools need to take a more pro-active approach to cyber-bullying. Do you think it should be their responsibility?
# Cyber Bullying
Time to act on bullying before tragedy hits primary schools, says expert
Marion Flanagan has said that there needs to be an approach involving parents, schools and the children themselves to tackle bullying.
# enrolment
Principals want 'CAO-style' admissions for primary and secondary schools
Both primary and secondary schools would have an online ‘preference’ system under the plans from primary principals.
# Patronage
Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey
The change comes after surveys were carried out in 38 towns across the country.